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#1 TonyD

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Posted 13 October 2013 - 03:18 PM

I ran across these at Costco today - Sylvania "Synchronized Color Changing" LED mini-lights 100 ct (M6) for $12.99.

There's a controller with 3 positions, steady-on warm white, steady-on multi color, and color changing white to multi.

 

When it changes to multi, the same bulb goes to the same color every time, but it does slowly fade into that color.

 

Does anyone have any ideas if these could be modified to dumb or smart pixels? There's only 2 wires coming out of the controller.

 



#2 Ken Benedict

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Posted 13 October 2013 - 11:22 PM

I ran across these at Costco today - Sylvania "Synchronized Color Changing" LED mini-lights 100 ct (M6) for $12.99.

There's a controller with 3 positions, steady-on warm white, steady-on multi color, and color changing white to multi.

 

When it changes to multi, the same bulb goes to the same color every time, but it does slowly fade into that color.

 

Does anyone have any ideas if these could be modified to dumb or smart pixels? There's only 2 wires coming out of the controller.

 

Probably not, but do you have any pictures or videos?



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Posted 14 October 2013 - 02:10 AM

Probably not, but do you have any pictures or videos?

 

I'll try to get some posted also i'll bring a set on Friday.



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Posted 14 October 2013 - 02:54 PM

Here is what they look like.

 

 

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#5 Ken Benedict

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Posted 15 October 2013 - 03:04 AM

Looks like they are a string of two-color LEDs, all in parallel running off a DC power supply that changes polarity every now and then.

 

Similar to: http://www.radioshac...ntent=CT2032233



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Posted 15 October 2013 - 10:48 AM

Looks like they are a string of two-color LEDs, all in parallel running off a DC power supply that changes polarity every now and then.

 

Similar to: http://www.radioshac...ntent=CT2032233

 

too bad - oh well, back they go I guess.



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Posted 16 October 2013 - 05:06 PM

Based on the fact that the bulbs are wired in series, I'd bet that they use 120V, and the controller simply changes the polarity, so it really isn't a power supply.

 

If that's correct, you could remove the controller, and use 2 LOR channels with 2 diodes to get basically a white string and a multi string. If you have a place where you need a super string composed of a white string and a multi string, but can't handle the weight or bulk of 2 separate strings, this may be usable.

 

You'll still have the issue that you can't make the entire string the same color, other than white.



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Posted 16 October 2013 - 08:44 PM

Thanks for the additional thoughts. They might look nice inside the house, as is.



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Posted 17 October 2013 - 06:17 PM

I picked up some of these for my frequency sign.....



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Posted 24 November 2013 - 01:16 AM

So I bout six sets of these lights. Hooked them all up and everything turned on. But after looking more closely. 4 sets are one color and the last two are the opposite. Any ideas?

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Posted 22 December 2013 - 10:58 AM

I found these at Costco. Would they work with an RGB controller?

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Posted 22 December 2013 - 03:40 PM

Probably yes, but for about $38 you can get twice the length and three times the brightness by using an RGB strip elsewhere.

Not to mention support in case of problems.



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Posted 23 December 2013 - 01:07 AM

Hmmm...  I didn't notice before, but the one in the picture bought a couple of weeks ago is only 8ft.  Costco is currently selling 12 ft (6 x 2 ft) for $29.99 Canadian.  It would probably work out to about the same as the one you suggest, but here I don't have to pay shipping, handling and duty.  Also, I thought the flexible corners and 2ft sections would be more adaptable with less work cutting and soldering.  ;-)